Monday, April 09, 2007

April 9, 2007 - Easter visit from Mawmaw & Dale

Mack was pleasantly surprised on Good Friday when Richard and Dale (his step brother) came to see him. He didn't see Dale at first until Richard told him that he brought someone to see him and then Dale stepped in front of Mack. Mack started looking at Dale beginning at his feet and then, as he looked up, he recognized Dale's face and broke out in a huge grin as he reached for Dale's hand .
On Saturday, Richard, Mom (Mawmaw) and I went to visit with Mack for several hours. Even though Mom hasn't been feeling very well lately, she was determined to make the trip to visit Mack for Easter. You can see the surprise on Mack's face when he saw her in the picture above. As she sat with him and talked to him, he clung tightly to her hand like he didn't want to let her go. She massaged his feet and told him that he needed to start moving and stretching his legs so that he could start walking and come home. Next thing we knew, he started stretching his right leg to nearly a right angle several times over, pushing hard against Mom's hand to let her know he was trying. Then, he started moving his left leg as much as he could, over and over, until he got tired. Of course, she praised him to let him know that his efforts were spectacular. He loved all the praises and continued doing his leg exercises for several minutes for Mom. Mack has come to understand everything that is being said now. We need to keep his spirits up, give him goals to reach, and the hope that he will be able to come home once he can walk again.
To all of Mack's family: If you can, each time you visit with Mack, please help keep him encouraged and engaged in doing physical therapy, whenever possible. It's the key to getting him moving and walking again.
Mack is eating really well now, without any complications other than missing his mouth once in a while. We brought him a smothered pork chop, mashed potatoes and gravy, and broccoli for dinner, which he ate. He also ate some seedless grapes and strawberries, and two small chocolate eggs for dessert. I know if given a choice that he would rather have homemade food rather than eating sandwiches. Although, he does like his "burnt" hot dogs from the grill and my homemade barbeque.
We hope that everyone had a wonderful, peaceful Easter.
Thank you for the beautiful Easter card, Uncle Kenneth! We love you.
Happy Spring,
Ruth & Richard


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